Category: Service of Process

American Family Mut. Ins. v. Royal Ins. Co.

Service must be by authenticated copy. Jurisdiction will attach when a party substantially complies with the authentication statute. Where the clerk is afforded the opportunity to properly authenticate the documents, an irregularity will be deemed a technical error. However, where there was failure to present the photocopied documents to the clerk at all, the error is fundamental.

Loppnow v. Bielik

Plaintiff exercised reasonable diligence in his attempts to serve defendant pursuant to Wis. Stat. §801.11( c). When pursuing any leads or information reasonably calculated to make personal service possible, the plaintiff must not stop short of pursuing a viable lead. In this case, plaintiff’s efforts were consistent with reasonable diligence.